5 Easy Dessert Recipes You Can Make in Under 1 Hour

In a pinch and need an easy dessert recipe you can make in under 1 hour? These 5 options will not only be ready quickly but will taste delightful too.

These easy dessert recipes are here for those time-starved days. You know those days when you’ve got a serious hankering for a delicious dessert but don’t have hours and hours to create a gourmet masterpiece from scratch? Those times when you have less than an hour, and you want to use that time to create something just delightful. 

Each one of these easy cake recipes with few ingredients satisfies that craving quickly and simply. They’re also perfect for packing up, taking around to a friend’s place, and sharing the goodness. 

That said, maybe you’re not the sharing type. 

We wouldn’t blame you if you didn’t.

No judgment here.

We’ve eaten whole trays in one go. Now that’s living.

5 Easy Dessert Recipes You Can Make in Under 1 Hour

Amish Sugar Cookies

If you’re searching for that sugary, sumptuous, melt-in-the-mouth deliciousness, then your search is over. These Amish Sugar Cookies are straightforward to make and can be prepped in around 10 minutes. With a bake time of only 10 minutes on top, that’s a pile of cookies ready to eat in less than half an hour!


  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup confectioners’ sugar
  • 2 large eggs, room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 4-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon cream of tartar


  1. Set your oven temperature to 375°. 
  1. Beat together the butter, oil, and sugars.
  1. Add the eggs and beat until blended together.
  1. Beat in vanilla. 
  1. Separately mix together the flour, baking soda, and cream of tartar. 
  1. Slowly add the flour mix to the creamed mixture.
  1. Take teaspoonfuls of the mixture and drop onto baking sheets.
  1. Bake for around 8-10 minutes or until you can see a light brown coloring.
  1. Remove to wire racks to cool.
  1. Dive in!

Recipe adapted from Taste of Home.

Chocolate Chip Blondies

The brownie’s unbelievably tasty cousin. Can you believe it took so long for the world to discover blondies? It’s genuinely amazing that they just weren’t a popular dessert item until relatively recently. These blondies combine the classic chocolate chip cookie flavor with the decadence of a brownie. There’s nothing to dislike here. Absolutely nothing.

They’ll take you around 10 minutes to prep, 20 minutes to bake and then they’re ready to devour once cooled. If you can wait.


  • 1-1/2 cups packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup butter, melted
  • 2 large eggs, lightly beaten, at room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips


  1. Preheat the oven to 350°.
  1. Mix together the brown sugar, eggs (beaten), butter, and vanilla. You should work the 

mixture only until it just blends together. Don’t overwork it.

  1. Separately mix the flour, baking powder, and salt.
  1. Slowly combine the flour mixture into the blended brown sugar mix.
  1. Stir in all those chocolate chips.
  1. Pour the whole mixture into a well-greased baking pan, a 9 x 13” should be the right fit.
  1. Bake for roughly 18-20 minutes.

Tip: You can test if your tray is fully baked using a skewer. If you can poke into the tray and then the skewer comes out clean you’re fully baked!

  1. Cool using a wire rack and then cut into squares or bars.

Recipe adapted from Taste of Home.

Coconut Macaroons

The coconut macaroon, a tropical beach taste in a bit-sized cookie-shaped delight. Not to be confused with macarons. Macarons are tiny French meringue sandwiches. Macaroons are American shredded coconut creations. Be wary of adding too much moisture into your recipe or the mix will spread rather than keep its cookie-like shape.

They’ll take you around 10 minutes to prep and 20 minutes to bake.


  • 1-1/3 cups sweetened shredded coconut
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 2 large egg whites, room temperature
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract


  1. Preheat the oven to 325°.
  1. Mix together the coconut, sugar, flour, and salt. 
  1. Add the two egg whites (make sure that they’re at room temperature) and the vanilla.
  1. Mix everything together so it’s completely combined.
  1. Drop good-sized teaspoonfuls of mixture onto well-greased baking sheets – you might need to do this in batches.
  1. Bake for around 8-10 minutes or until you can see a light brown coloring.
  1. Remove to wire racks to cool.
  1. Dive in!

Recipe adapted from Taste of Home.

Indoor S’mores

We can all agree that S’mores are just the best. They’re angelic, wonderful mouthfuls of taste sensations sent from the gods. The issue is, they’re typically reserved for when you’re out camping or on the trail, cooked over an open fire. We don’t think that should be the case. That’s why Indoor S’mores exist.

This is a seriously fast recipe that should take you less than 20 minutes to complete.


  • 4 cups mini marshmallows
  • 4 TBS butter (divided)
  • 1 cup chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup corn syrup
  • 8 cups golden Grahams
  • Extra marshmallows and chocolate for decoration


  1. Take 3 tablespoons of butter, corn syrup, and chocolate chips. Combine them together and microwave for around 2 minutes. You want it soft but not like lava.
  2. Stir until you have a creamy texture with no chocolate chunks left. Put this aside.
  3. Mix the marshmallows and butter in a pot and put them over medium heat.
  4. Stir continuously until the marshmallows are melted and you have a gooey mixture.
  5. Remove from the heat.
  6. Add the chocolate mixture to the marshmallows, and add the Graham crackers too.
  7. Pour everything into a well-greased 13 x 9” tray.
  8. Throw in a few extra marshmallows and chocolate chips for decoration because you deserve it.
  9. Let everything cool, set then slice up and serve.

Recipe adapted from Like Mother. Like Daughter.

Strawberry Tart with Whipped Cream

These are simple and tasty (just what you want from a quick recipe) but also can look incredibly classy. Perfect for if you’re entertaining or hosting a dinner party. The freshness of the strawberries combined with the richness of the cream is a match as old as time. You won’t be able to just have one.

Stick to store-bought puff pastry for this one, if you decide to make your own it’ll increase the timings considerably! Prep time is roughly 10 minutes, with a 15-20 minute bake on top.


  • 1 lb strawberries sliced
  • 4 tbs sugar – for strawberry coating
  • 1 rounded tbsp flour
  • 1 cold sheet puff pastry (if you’re using frozen make sure it has thawed)
  • Sugar
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1 tbsp vanilla
  • 3 tbsp sugar


  1. Preheat the oven to 400°.
  1. Combine the strawberries, 4 tbs sugar, and flour in a bowl and toss until well coated.
  1. Roll out the pastry onto a lined baking sheet.
  1. Pour the coated strawberries onto the pastry.
  1. Fold up the edges of the pastry to create lips around the outer edges. Pinch together the cracks where the pastry meets.
  1. Dust with sugar across the whole sheet.
  1. Bake for between 15-20 minutes or until the pastry is golden and crisp.
  1. Pour the cream, vanilla, and 3 tbs sugar into a bowl and whisk together until well whipped.
  1. Serve the tarts with cream either on top or to the side.
  1. Enjoy!

Recipe adapted from Make it. Grow it.

Quick and easy recipes in under an hour

So there you have it, 5 delicious and sweet-tooth craving satisfying recipes that take you well under an hour to create. Here’s hoping that you enjoy these recipes as much as we do. In fact, we’re certain that you will because there’s nothing here not to like. Just remember that others might want to try them too, if you can bear it.